On Tuesday, April 5, some Vavenby residents had a rather exciting experience. It began when an RCMP member patrolling Highway 5 observed a truck travelling north towards Vavenby at a very high rate of speed.
The officer tried to stop the vehicle but was unable to, due to the high rate of speed. The officer did not continue to pursue the vehicle.
The truck was last seen turning down into Vavenby. The officer began making patrols of the town for the vehicle which, with the help of local residents, was located abandoned in a driveway on Ruby Road.
Those residents living across the street from where the truck was abandoned had a front row seat of the happenings. They saw four young men leave the truck running.
Soon there were three police vehicles at the scene and officers went on foot to track down the young men. The house where the truck was abandoned was searched. The first three young men were located fairly quickly. The last one walked back on his own.
None of the four were from this area.
Vavenby residents were told that the young men were not very cooperative at first but one did admit that he was the person driving.
Police issued traffic violation tickets and impounded the truck. A taxi picked the men up to take them to Clearwater and they had to take the bus to their next destination.
Townhall meeting coming up
On Monday, April 25, at 7 p.m., there will be a community meeting at Vavenby Community Hall about what residents want to see in the community park. The residents should come with ideas, which will be prioritized. The community is to make the decisions.
On April 30 at 10 a.m., volunteers are needed to assist at a work-bee at the community park. The existing fence is to be removed and the holes need to be filled in. It would help if people could bring hammers, shovels, and work gloves. Hot dogs and refreshments will be provided.
Argo is going to be fixing the ditch on the upper side of the CN crossing. They are going to start soon and hope to be completed before the end of April.
Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure (MOTI) and CN personnel are meeting to try to come up with a solution for the Vavenby railway crossing. In May Carol Schaffer, TNRD director for Area A, will meet with MOTI to see what the outcome of the former meeting was and what the next step is going to be with the crossing.
Free Disposal Day
Get your garbage ready. There will be a free dump day at the Vavenby transfer station on Sunday, April 24. You can bring in one free load (one eight-foot pickup truck box or one eight-foot trailer) per household.